Starred Up review

Jack O’Connell is one of those names you don’t know yet, but will very soon. The 24-year-old British actor has been in the mix for a bunch of high-profile roles over the past few years, and finally booked one in 300: Rise of an Empire — before nabbing an even bigger one in Angelina Jolie‘s Unbroken. And while we’ve seen lots of pretty young faces come and go, his performance in David Mackenzie‘s excellent prison drama Starred Up suggests that this one has real staying power.

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Starred Up

Jack O’Connell is one of those young actors who’s right on the verge of breaking out. He’s not too well known in the U.S. yet (except maybe to U.K. Skins enthusiasts), but he’s on his way there, having come close to some high-profile projects like The Secret Service and Beautiful Creatures. And he should be much more famous by the end of this year, once 300: Rise of an Empire and Angelina Jolie’s Unbroken are through with him.

The film that marks the turning point in his career is Starred Up, a gritty British drama that earned raves upon its Telluride premiere last year. O’Connell plays young Eric Love, a 19-year-old who winds up incarcerated in the same prison that holds his dad, Neville (Ben Mendelsohn). David Mackenzie (Perfect Sense, Young Adam) directed, and Rupert Friend also stars. Watch the intriguing first trailer after the jump.

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Perfect Sense, once called The Last Word, debuted almost a year ago at Sundance 2011, and is just now finally starting to get a little promo push in the US. The concept of the film is pretty simple: what happens if our senses started to disappear, to the point where things get a bit dangerous?

It’s a bit like Contagion with added romance as Ewan McGregor plays one of the people who are experiencing the disorienting loss of senses, and Eva Green plays the girl he falls for, who also happens to be an epidemiologist who has a line on the viral outbreak that may be causing the problem. What are the odds? There’s a new trailer that is similar to one released around the Sundance debut, but has some new looks at the movie, and you can check it out below. Read More »

Trailers are an under-appreciated art form insofar that many times they’re seen as vehicles for showing footage, explaining films away, or showing their hand about what moviegoers can expect. Foreign, domestic, independent, big budget: I celebrate all levels of trailers and hopefully this column will satisfactorily give you a baseline of what beta wave I’m operating on, because what better way to hone your skills as a thoughtful moviegoer than by deconstructing these little pieces of advertising? Some of the best authors will tell you that writing a short story is a lot harder than writing a long one, that you have to weigh every sentence. What better medium to see how this theory plays itself out beyond that than with movie trailers?

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David Mackenzie‘s first movie of 2011, Perfect Sense, was a cerebral end-of-the-world tale in which Ewan McGregor and Eva Green fell in love as the human race slowly lost its senses. Mackenzie’s second film of the year, You Instead, seems to be in many ways its polar opposite: a lighthearted, energetic story about enjoying the hell out of your senses.

Natalia Tena (Tonks from the Harry Potter franchise) and Luke Treadaway (the scrawny pothead from Attack the Block) star as Morello and Adam, leaders of rival bands who find themselves handcuffed together during Scotland’s T at the Park music festival. Watch the trailer and after the jump.

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Before the Sundance Film Festival started, I watched the trailer for David Mackenzie‘s Perfect Sense and dismissed it. The trailer was confusing, didn’t sell the concept very well and kind of turned me off. But over the course of the week in Park City, people were beginning to buzz a bit about the film so I figured I’d give it a shot. I’m happy to report I was wrong.

Starring Ewan McGregor and Eva Green as two random people who develop a relationship amiss a pandemic where everyone in the world loses their sense one by one, Perfect Sense is a well-shot, well-acted, frightening look at what might happen as the world crumbles. The disease in the film has a wicked sense of humor but as it evolves and unleashes itself on the human race, Perfect Sense helps to reveal the best in us all. Read More »

They say that love finds you when you least expect it. That certainly seems to be the case with Perfect Sense, the latest film from David Mackenzie, the director of Young Adam and Spread. In the film, which will have its world premiere next week at the Sundance Film Festival, a epidemiologist (Eva Green) falls in love with a local chef (Ewan McGregor) just as she begins to discover that people around the world are beginning to literally lose their senses.

MTV exclusively has your first look at this apocalyptic romance and, maybe I’m losing my senses, but watching this trailer you hardly get a hint at what the film is really about. Which probably makes it a good trailer. Check it out after the jump. Read More »

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